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Why I think Broadway is a Must

by Louise, Director of Operations

For some folks, it’s a given that if you’re coming to New York, you’re going to go to a Broadway show. Others question why it is necessary – it’s not an inexpensive activity, so really, what makes it worth it? Sometimes I struggle to explain it, but experiences like the one I had yesterday make me remember.

peter2I don’t hesitate to admit that a large portion of my spending money goes to Broadway tickets. Even as someone who has never acted, sung or danced a day in my life (not well, anyway), Broadway has always made me feel a way that nothing else does. There have been many shows that sparked my imagination and warmed my heart, and the 2012 season brought one of the most magical experiences I will ever have – Peter & the Starcatcher. I first saw the show last May, and couldn’t stay away long after that (I returned just 10 days later for my birthday). Last night the cast gave their final performance at the Brooks Atkinson Theater and I was lucky enough to be there (my 8th time seeing it).

From thcast© Monica Simoese moment the cast assembled on stage for the opening of the show, they and the audience acknowledged what an emotional experience this was. The audience clapped for several minutes before the cast spoke a single word. Tears were flowing both on and off stage already. The energy in the room was so overwhelming in the most wonderful way, a feeling that seems more and more elusive in our increasingly isolated world.

And this is why you need to go to a Broadway show. These days we’re always hearing “You don’t even have to leave home!” as though being able to do something from your couch makes it the ultimate experience. It’s just not so. Experiencing something beautiful and heartfelt side by side with a thousand other people, in a theater filled with love and emotion…there’s just no comparison.

cast© Monica SimoesAfter the Peter & the Starcatcher cast took their final Broadway bow, playwright Rick Elice came out and gave an amazing speech, reducing everyone to tears once again, talking about how when you fall in love you are forever changed, and how the experience of bringing this show to life was love from the beginning. Even as just an audience member,  I understood what he meant. The plot of Starcatcher is driven by Starstuff, a magical substance that falls from the sky and changes anyone who touches it into what they want to be. While I (sadly) can’t say I’ve turned into a mermaid or found eternal youth, seeing this show for me was like finding Starstuff; it absolutely changed me. You can’t pass up the chance to let something wonderful change you – you must see a show on your trip!

If you need help deciding which show (or shows) you should see, you can reach me at Peter & the Starcatcher re-opens off Broadway on March 18th, so you can still see it if you are visiting this spring!

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Vote for the Best Photo of 2012!

In 2012 we had 11 awesome photography contests and enjoyed so many great photos of our city. Now we want you to help us pick the favorite photo of 2012! Check out each month’s winner below and then vote for your favorite! Then don’t forget to enter our first photography contest of 2013!


January: Times Square


February: Empire State Building


March: Dining in New York


April: Shopping in New York

May: Aerial Views

May: Aerial Views

June: Sports in NYC

June: Sports in NYC

July: Stars & Stripes Forever

July: Stars & Stripes Forever

August: NYC Statues

August: NYC Statues

September: Parks & Recreation

September: Parks & Recreation

October: Cityscapes

October: Cityscapes

November: People of New York

November: People of New York

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Things to Look Forward to in 2013

by Eileen, New York Guest Travel Planner

1. Rodger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella opening in March!

2013“Ten Minutes Ago”, “Impossible; It’s Possible”, “A Lovely Night”— classic songs that capture the heart! I know quite a few people excited for the revival of this Broadway classic. I admit that my knowledge of the show is limited to the Disney adaptation featuring Brandy and Victor Garber, so it will be great to see a production of this in person! The all too brief preview from the Thanksgiving Day Parade piqued my interest and now I’m anxiously counting down the days until its premiere!

2. Wrestlemania XXVIII at Met Life Stadium

I love wrestling and it’s been my life long dream to attend a Wrestlemania. This year New York and New Jersey are playing joint hosts to the phenomena of Wrestlemania week. Die hard fans will be coming from all over the world to take part in the festivities!

2013_23. The Statue of Liberty reopening!

Since October 2011, the Statue of Liberty has undergone significant restoration. I was looking forward to visiting the Statue when it reopened this past year. Unfortunately Hurricane Sandy had other plans, and now the Statue is closed indefinitely. While there isn’t a time frame for when the Statue will reopen, I know I am crossing my finger that it’s in time for the lovely spring weather.

Speaking of….

4. Springtime in the City!

Aside from the week or so of my sinuses adjusting, I love spring time in New York! The allure of the cold weather of autumn and winter has worn off for me at this point, and I’m not looking forward to the next three months. I love walking out of the house, only to realize you don’t really need your winter jacket anymore. If you are planning on coming during the spring, you must visit the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens! My family usually ventures into one of the most beautiful areas in Brooklyn on Easter Sunday. It always amazes me

5. Summertime in the City!

Baseball, the great outdoors, tennis, and the beach— I’m ready for summer! I love heading out of town for an extended weekend to Long Island or Connecticut. There are so many great day trips from New York— Philadelphia, Washington D.C, and Boston— why not take advantage of the low prices and weather.

2013_36. The All Star Game at Citi Field in July!

I love baseball, the Mets, and Citi Field. This year the annual All Star Game will be held in Flushing, New York at Citi Field. I think Citi Field is a great ballpark with spectacular views from all over the park, the array of beer and food offered, the easy accessibility from metropolitan area, and because the Mets play there. The Field is reminiscent of Ebbets Field, home to the Brooklyn Dodgers, and pays tribute to the legendary Jackie Robinson right when you step through the home plate entrance. New York will always be a baseball town first— so the All Star game coming to a passionate crowd will be a once in a lifetime experience.

7. Another year with New York!

As a New Yorker through and through, I cannot picture myself anywhere else in the world. New York has theatre, sports teams, art, music, parks, magnificent sights, and a passionate population. If you’ve never been to New York, you must come and experience it for yourself. If you’ve visited us before, you have to come back! This city changes in a matter of months and you never know what’s going to happen next!

From the New York Guest Travel Planners, we wish you a wonderful New Year and hope to hear from you soon!

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